The History of the Kansas City Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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On entering the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one’s eyes immediately are captured by her painted image above the high altar. A local artist depicted the dark skinned Madonna with a downcast head covered by a turquoise veil of stars, her hands folded in prayer, her body robed in a light pink gown with a maternity band, and her feet set upon a sliver of the moon and lifted by the wings of an angel. One is quickly in the company of the Guadalupanas, who are kneeling, praying their rosaries, and greeting one another in hushed tones. Along with a few young children, mainly granddaughters, their ages range from the 30s to the 80s. These members of the Guadalupana Society, approximately 90 percent of them women, are the patronesses of the Shrine, which was a parish until its closing in 1990.
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